Strawberry Bagels

Homemade bagels come together easily, just set aside some time to allow them to rise and you’ll have a delicious Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Serves: 8Prep: 2 hoursCook: 30 minutesTotal: 2 hours 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 1⁄2 cups warm water (110°F-115°F)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, plus more if needed
  • 1⁄2 cup strawberries, diced
  • Red or pink gel food coloring
  • 1 egg white + 1 Tbsp. water
  • Strawberry cream cheese spread, to serve


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment, combine water, yeast and sugar. Allow to sit 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, sift together salt, bread flour and whole wheat flour. Stir in flour mixture to yeast mixture. Turn out onto a floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes, adding extra flour as needed. Gently knead in the strawberries.
  • Place dough in a greased bowl and place in a warm area. Allow to rise about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down dough to release any air bubbles, add food coloring and knead until combined. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Press index finger through the center of each ball to make a hole about 1”-2” in diameter. Loosely cover the bagels with a kitchen towel and allow to rest about 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Fill a large pot about ½ full of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high. Drop bagels into water, 2-4 at a time. Cook the bagels about 30 seconds on each side.
  • Brush the bagels with the egg wash and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Serve with cream cheese.